Yikes. That is not good, bitter kittens. Not good at all.
Let's start with the obvious: concept. This was an outfit designed for a model to wear to an industry party. Let that sink in for a minute. We'll give Thurston all the credit in the world for going the unexpected route because you'd think the straight guy designer would be the first to put a girl in the Heidi Trifecta of short, tight, and shiny.
Problem is, this was the one time a designer should be hitting the Heidifecta because models really do wear short, tight and shiny to places like industry parties. In other words, we don't know what the hell he was thinking dressing her up like a slutty jockey.
Okay, and then there's the design itself. What is going on at the bottom of that vest? Why is it trying to fly away? What are those weird bumps under her boobs? Why is EVERYTHING outlined with that mauve-y trim like an anal retentive child's coloring book?
And why does he keep using these weirdly heavy, tweedy fabrics for designs that aren't really appropriate for them? And why is she wearing her father's pants? And why can we see her belly button? And why is she carrying that purse with that outfit? We have too many questions.
Well, well, well. Miss Sophia home now. He really surprised us after last week's near disaster. This is really cute. Even better, it's relatively simple, which is good because last week's dress made it look like he can't edit himself.
We really like the construction on the bodice. Beautiful and unique. We're also damn impressed with the draping on the skirt. That's BURLAP, y'all.
Admittedly, the back looks a little sloppy and we kind of hate the all-gold accessories.
But it's a cute, sexy, model-riffic dress. Not Top Three material, but enough to make up for last week's upholstered bottle-holder.
Another really strong, if not quite Top Three entry.
We'll start with a criticism: we think the fit could have been a little better. If it had a sleeker, more fitted feel to it, it wouldn't have looked so much like a burlap slip.
But we do like the use of the lace. We don't even like lace all that much, but we like the idea of it paired with burlap. In this case, it dressed up the fabric without denying what it is, if that makes any sense.
Oh, wait. Is this about that whole "gritty meets pretty" sound bite he's always spewing? Suddenly it all makes sense.
But what really makes us sit up and take notice is the detailing here. We LOVE those little strappy things on her boobs and we love the masterful way he used that black trim on the bust and the straps. Compare it to the clumsy mauve trim on Jesse's. This was beautifully done. Jonathan is moving up on the "ones to watch" ladder. That's two quietly interesting garments in a row.
Don't forget this week's T Lo Awards, poodles.
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